Indian calls for stronger trade, relations with Southeast Asian nations

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says his nation attaches the "highest priority" to its relations with the countries of Southeast Asia.

Singh spoke Thursday at a summit in Delhi between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The meeting was part of India's "Look East" policy that is seen as a counter to China's influence in the region.

Singh said the summit was expected conclude talks for a free trade agreement in services and investments.

He said he hoped India-ASEAN trade would exceed $100 billion by 2015 and $200 billion by 2022.

The two-day summit brought nine national leaders from the region to India.